Wellsville council sees decrease in monies

WELLSVILLE — Monies owed to the village sewage department are decreasing Mayor Nancy Murray said during last week’s council meeting.

She thanked Administrator Jarrod Grimm, Fiscal Officer Hoi Black and employees of the sewage department for bringing down the deficit.

“When I took office, the sewage department was $60,000 in arrears,” Murray said. “People owed and didn’t pay their sewage bills, and so we are now at $4,000. We have done a $56,000 turnaround in collections, so our sewage department had done a wonderful job.”

In other business:

— Grimm announced the street department has repaired potholes on Maple Avenue, Fair Alley, Cedar Alley and White Street.

The department also cleaned up a catch basin on state Route 45, which Grimm said took quite awhile to clean to alleviate ice problems. Grimm said he was concerned about flooding the town once the basin became unclogged and cleared, saying “it started to sound like Niagara Falls…”

Grimm said police provided traffic control during the clean-up.

— Councilman Bill Taft provided an update on the Claims, Rules, Ordinance Committee’s proposal for a ban on farm animals in the village. Taft said any animals that had resided in the village prior would have to be grandfathered in, but the ordinance would also possibly make an exemption for 4-H club projects. No action was taken as council will further review the matter. The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 5.